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Clark: Obama had no part in McCain comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Retired Army General Wesley Clark says Democrat Barack Obama played no part in remarks he made about Republican John McCain's qualifications to be president that have been sharply criticized by the GOP candidate's supporters.

Speaking from Little Rock, Clark told ABC's "Good Morning America" today that he's sorry his comments distracted from Obama's message of patriotism.

"I want to make very clear that as a Democrat and a former Army officer I fully respect Senator McCain and all others who served," Clark said.

The dustup began on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday when Clark, the former supreme commander of NATO under Bill Clinton, said McCain's military service was not the same as executive experience. McCain, a former Navy fighter pilot, was shot down over Hanoi and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war.

Clark said today that his point is that there is a difference between fighting in a war and high-level military decision-making.

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